UA In the News — March 7

2 local students recognized at Alabama
Decatur Daily – March 7
Avery McCutcheon of Athens was among 39 students selected to join Capstone Men and Women. Capstone Men and Women serve as official ambassadors of the university. Lakbira Sheffield of Ardmore received first place as part of the Sabanteen team in UA’s Global Health Case Competition.

UA catalyst company earns $540,000 investment
Crimson White – March 7
ThruPore, a catalyst company, has recently secured $540,000 in investment funding with the possibility of a 2:1 match through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.  CEO Franchessa Sayler and Martin Bakker, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry co-founded ThruPore in 2011 at The University of Alabama. Sayler, then a graduate student at the University, was approached by an industrial chemist to discover a way to increase productivity of a reaction process by conducting catalysis research. Through this project, Bakker and Sayler saw the potential to market their catalyst.

Do Yourself a Favor
Progressions – March 6
What do a seasoned professional, a novice practitioner and a college student all have in common? They can all benefit from having a . Whatever stage you’re in your career and whatever your age, you can always gain from the knowledge others have to offer. It’s important to have someone invested in your career success — someone who knows about the industry and has experience dealing with similar issues that you either will face or are currently facing. . . . Lexi McKenzie is a senior public relations major at The University of Alabama. She is a writer and editor for Platform Magazine, a student-run PR publication at Bama and an ambassador for her college . Follow her on Instagram and LinkedIn!
Whelton to speak at David and Natica Bahar Memorial Lectureship
Crimson White – March 7
Paul K. Whelton, MD, the lead writer on the new blood pressure guidelines, will speak at the David and Natica Bahar Memorial Lectureship.  Sponsored by the College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS), Whelton’s presentation will discuss his work in rewriting the clinical guidelines for blood pressure, which have not been revised in over a decade and give a modern understanding of patients’ risk for heart disease with measurement that reads for the modern lifestyle.

New Seat Belt Study Released
WAFF-NBC (Huntsville) – March 6
A new study from the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA looked at crash data from 2013 to 2017. For those buckled up only about one in 1,000 involved in a wreck were actually killed. For those without seat belts it was about one in 25.

Personal experiences build UA students’ strong connections with Miracle Families
Alabama Today – March 5
Jack Ebersold and his family know firsthand what it’s like to spend countless hours, days and weeks in a children’s hospital. The Downers Grove, Illinois, native was born eight weeks early and spent the first month of his life in a children’s hospital. “I owe my life to those doctors and nurses who took care of me as an infant,” said Ebersold. “I’ve always wanted to find ways to support families who are in a similar situation.” As a freshman at the UA Dance Marathon, Ebersold came across the UA Dance Marathon table at Get On Board Day. Given his personal experience and knowledge of Dance Marathon groups at other universities, he knew he wanted to get involved. Today, the senior marketing major is director of UADM and recently participated in his last Main Event, the culmination of UADM’s year.

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